THE National has compiled a list of wild swimming spots dotted around Scotland, with something for every kind of swimmer.

From shallow rivers perfect for children and pets to paddle in, to silver stretches of sand on windswept islands.

Nature is for everybody to enjoy, so make sure you leave each site as you find it. (Unless you spot some rubbish – in that case, take it home with you.)

1. Drumbrock Loch, Mugdock Park

A well-frequented lochan located a five-minute stroll from Mugdock Park, Drumbrock Loch, or “Abies” is the perfect place to wild swim during both winter and summer. Lots of good entry points around the loch, with shallow water for paddling and deeper parts for more serious swimmers. Paddleboarders can often be seen here. Lovely views of the Campsie Hills with Mugdock Visitor Centre providing a station for a tea or coffee after a swim.

2. Loch Chon, Aberfoyle

The National: Loch ChonLoch Chon

Located in The Trossachs, this loch is large enough to kayak, canoe and fish on, with plenty of access points for swimming. For strong swimmers, there is a large rock used for jumping off on the west side. This area is protected, so no wild camping is allowed, though there is a campsite located on the east side which can be booked in advance.

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3. Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig

The National: Camusdarach BeachCamusdarach Beach

A beautiful sandy beach protected from being too exposed by jutting headlands and a curved bay. Looks onto the Island of Eigg.

4. Glen Etive pools, Glencoe

The National: River Etive pools along Glen EtiveRiver Etive pools along Glen Etive

Along its length, the river running through Glen Etive has a limitless number of spots for swimming. With lots of plunge pools and smooth rocks for lounging on, this is a great place to spend a whole day or night, if you’re a keen camper. Can be very midgie-prone during summer months, so pack your Skin So Soft!

5. Seamill Beach, West Kilbride

The National: Seamill Beach, in West KilbrideSeamill Beach, in West Kilbride

A mixture of sand and rock, Seamill Beach can be reached in a train ride from Glasgow. With the Ayrshire Coastal Path backing the beach, there are excellent views over the Firth of Clyde to the Island of Arran.

6. Kingsbarns Beach, St Andrews

The National: Kingsbarns BeachKingsbarns Beach

Lovers of wide-open spaces will enjoy this beach, which is located near the gorgeous seaside town of Crail. The beach stretches for two miles, with rocky outcrops that make a suitable place to rockpool during low tide. The beach is backed by low, grassy dunes which are ideal to picknick on. Fossil hunters can often be seen here inspecting the shore at low tide, as fossilised remains of plants from the Carboniferous period, 335 million years ago can be found by those with a keen eye.

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7. Ganavan Sands, Oban

The National: Ganavan Sands, in ObanGanavan Sands, in Oban

A pleasant half-hour walk from the seaside town of Oban. Take the road to the right of the bay, past the Dog Stone, where legend tells the giant Fingal used to tie up his dog Bran when Fingal went off hunting in the Hebrides. A medium-sized beach, with soft sand and clear water. There’s usually a snack van parked on the shore in summer, which serves burgers and ice creams.

8. Falls of Falloch, Crianlarich

The National: Falls of Falloch, FintryFalls of Falloch, Fintry

A very short walk to this popular waterfall and picnic spot, where the River Falloch falls in a single 10m leap. Jump in or take a dook in the pool. (Not ideal for children unless supervised.) During summer the water is a lovely temperature.

9. Lemahamish, Aberfoyle

A great place for teaching kids (or dogs) to swim next to a small, pebbly beach. In drier months, the current is lazy in this section of the River Forth and shallow enough for kids to paddle – bring swimming shoes though, as the river bottom is rocky. Next to a large grassy embankment which is ideal for picnics or playing sports. This spot is backed by the Loch Ard Forest and feels very secluded, though it is often a lively spot during the summer months

10. Bousd Beach, Island of Coll

The National: Bousd Beach, Island of CollBousd Beach, Island of Coll

Looking west onto the Island of Barra, this beach offers the signature Caribbean-blue waters of Scotland’s north-west coast. With powdery soft sand the beach is a treat underfoot.

Learn more about responsible tourism and "treading lightly" in nature on the Visit Scotland website.